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Thank you for your interest in the NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association (EMGVA) grant program for horticulture projects. We appreciate your work in this area and your commitment to expand and improve upon these activities.

The Master Gardener Program began in New Hanover County in 1978 with volunteers staffing a garden hotline. In the following years the program has trained hundreds of volunteers in horticulture practices to communicate research-based information to the public through classes, plant clinics, speakers, Arboretum tours, and an annual plant sale to raise funds.

The New Hanover County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association (EMGVA) is offering horticultural grants for 2024-2025. Applications are open to local nonprofit organizations, Pre-K – Grade 12 schools, and houses of worship that propose to connect people to horticulture through research-based education and outreach that will empower North Carolinians to cultivate healthy plants, landscapes, ecosystems and communities. All projects should have a strong educational focus.  We look to support sustainable projects that conserve and protect our community’s natural resources, benefit diverse populations, and encourage fellowship among participants. 

Since 2014 the EMGVA has awarded grants totaling over $148,000 to local nonprofit groups in New Hanover County for projects such as a school rain garden, greenhouses, community farming supporting healthy eating and food pantries, and tree replacement following storm damage.

An information workshop will be held 3:00-5:00 p.m., February 5, 2024, at the New Hanover County Arboretum for organizations interested in submitting applications during the 2024-2025 grant cycle. (Application period is February 12, 2024 – April 5, 2024.)  While not required, attendance at this event is encouraged for applicants to become familiar with the EMGVA grants program and the online application. The grant guidelines and link to the online application will be posted at the beginning of the application period at ­­­

  •  Grant Application period:  February 12, 2024 (9:00 a.m.) – April 5, 2024 (5:00 p.m.) 
  • Required Format:  Online application only. This is the link to the online application.
  • Grant Amount:  Grants are limited to a maximum of $3000 USD.

Please feel free to forward this information if you know of another organization that might be interested in our grants program.

We look forward to sharing information about this year’s grant process and hope to see you at the information session February 5.